Beijing ‘milks’ Shanghai Diocese Premium

16 July 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
Millions of yuan missing from the Shanghai Diocese are thought to have been moved from its reserves under instructions from officials of the Communist Government’s Religious Affairs Bureau. UCANews reported last week that Catholic sources, who must remain anonymous, claim the funds were transferred to government and private accounts. The sources suggest that the Shanghai transactions are part of a larger countrywide invasion of church accounts, estimated at 90 million yuan (£9 million) over a number of years. With Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai under house arrest for the past three years, after he renounced his membership of the official Patriotic Church (the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, CCPA) at his ordination, the Government has used weak diocesan leadership

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